The mild winter weather and the hot summers in Texas mean that boating is a way of life for many people. Would you know what to do if you were involved in a boating accident? Texas has laws that regulate how boats should be operated in the water. Yet, there are still negligent boat operators that cause devastating boat accidents. That’s when our Fort Worth boating accident lawyers can help.
Thompson Law’s boat accident lawyers in Fort Worth provide free and private consultations to help victims and their families understand their legal rights. If you were hurt or had a loved one killed in a boating accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Call Thompson Law today for a free consultation regarding your rights and to see how we might be able to assist.
Much like car accidents, boating accidents are usually caused by the negligent behavior of a boating operator and sometimes passengers. Negligence includes, but isn’t limited to:
If you were injured in a boating accident anywhere in Texas, our Fort Worth boating accident lawyers might be able to help. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation. The sooner you know your rights, the sooner you’ll be on the road to recovery.
The United States Coast Guard tracks recreational boating accident statistics in the US and reports on a variety of factors that led to the accident, what boat types were involved, if fatalities occurred, and a host of other factors. The data shows what our Fort Worth boating accident lawyers largely already know, which is most boat accident injuries and fatalities involve open motorboats, operator inattention, and alcohol. The table below summarizes much of what is contained in the Coast Guard accident report.
Most boating accidents in the lakes around Fort Worth result from negligence. So, a Fort Worth boating accident lawyer must be able to prove negligence on behalf of the plaintiff. This means that the lawyer must be able to convince a jury, judge, or the opposing side that the boat wasn’t operated in the same manner as someone who would be considered a reasonable boater.
Proving negligence involves linking the plaintiff’s injuries directly to the accident. This is often done by collecting evidence, interviewing eyewitnesses, gathering the proper report from the authorities, and reviewing photographs of the scene and injuries. It also requires the lawyer to gather and review medical records for the injuries that were sustained.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a boating accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, property damage, and disfigurement. We have helped people involved in boat accidents on Possum Kingdom Lake, Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Texoma, and other lakes all around Texas. We can help you, too.
To learn more about how a Fort Worth boating accident lawyer can help you, call Thompson Law at (844) 308-8180 for a free consultation.
Yes, a Fort Worth boating accident lawyer can help if you’re hurt in an accident with any type of personal watercraft (PWC), such as a Kawasaki Jet Ski, Yamaha WaveRunner, Sea-Doo, or Yamaha SuperJet.
There are several causes of PWC accidents. However, the two most common causes are poorly maintained rental equipment and the negligence of the operator, typically in the form of driver inattention or recklessness. A PWC accident can cause serious and life-altering injuries, particularly since the driver has little protection from impacts, much like with a motorcycle accident.
We provide boat accident victims with dedicated and tenacious legal representation, ensuring that you get fair value for your claim. Our Forth Worth boating accident lawyers will build a strong case with supporting evidence so that you recover the money that you deserve.
Gathering evidence soon after a boating accident is critical to protecting your claim after you have been injured on a boat. If a boat operator was negligent in not following boating laws, driving recklessly, being inattentive, or was under the influence of alcohol, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim and seek compensation.
Regardless of how your boat accident happened, if negligence by a boating operator occurred you may have legal standing to file a claim. When you go up against a boat owner or his or her insurance company, it is imperative that you understand the full scope of your rights and educate yourself about how best to protect yourself going forward.
The majority of individuals injured in boat wrecks and other boating accidents have two (2) years from the date of the boat accident to file an injury claim. This law, known as the statute of limitations, does have some exceptions for certain individuals and in special circumstances.
Some scenarios that may allow for modification of the statute of limitations in boating accident claims for injury compensation include:
While there are some other exceptions you can review in this article on the statute of limitations, they generally rarely apply. Thus, contact our Fort Worth boating accident lawyers today to ensure your claim is made in a timely fashion.
If you are injured in any type of accident, your first priority should be to seek immediate medical attention, even if you are not certain that you are injured. Seeking immediate medical treatment does two things: 1) it ensures injuries you sustained are diagnosed and treated; and, 2) it helps eliminate any doubt by the insurance company that your injuries were caused by the accident.
Often, the shock and adrenaline of an accident can mask symptoms of injuries, so making the mistake of skipping a medical examination can have profound consequences. By seeking prompt medical treatment, you protect both your health and your ability to seek compensation for your injuries with the help of your attorney.
If you were in a motor vehicle accident we have also detailed here what to do after a car accident.
A skilled personal injury lawyer is necessary to get full and fair compensation for injuries you sustained in an accident. Most defendants, whether individual drivers or commercial vehicle operators, are covered by liability insurance. Those insurance companies are not obligated to protect or take care of you. Insurance companies exist to protect the defendant (their customer) who caused the wreck.
A personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for every category of damages to which you are legally entitled. These damages can include things like: medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain & suffering, punitive damages, loss of limb, diminished mental function, physical impairment, scarring or disfigurement, emotional or mental trauma, and loss of consortium (in wrongful death claims). Further, you may be entitled to future medical bills, future lost income, future pain and suffering, and other damages in severe injury cases.
Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage can help save the day if you are hit by an uninsured driver or if you are the victim in a hit-and-run collision. In short, UM coverage is an add-on coverage that drivers can add to their auto insurance policies that will protect them in the event that they are in an auto accident with a driver who either does not have insurance or cannot be located. You can contact your insurance provider to confirm whether your policy includes UM. If you do not have this coverage, the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law recommend that you consider adding UM to your auto insurance policy today.
Absolutely not. It’s important to leave the investigation to the professionals. They know exactly how to work a case to determine all of the facts and details.
Some of the most devastating injuries caused by careless driving happen to pedestrians. As a pedestrian, you have the same right to be free from injury and harm caused by the irresponsibility, error, or negligence of others as any motorist on the road. In is important to obtain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you are injured as a pedestrian. The right attorney will see that you receive the medical care you need, guide your damage claim process, and receive full compensation for your injuries.
Typically, yes. If a family member is seriously injured or killed in an accident, or if the injured party is a minor child, then it may be appropriate under the law for a parent, spouse, relative, or legal guardian to file a claim or lawsuit on behalf of the injured or deceased party. These types of claims are complex, and usually depend on the type of relationship involved, as well as the individual facts and circumstances of the injury. Calling the experienced personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law is step one to explore filing a legal claim on behalf of your loved one.
If the other vehicle involved in your crash was an 18 wheeler or another commercial vehicle, call an attorney immediately. Companies who own commercial vehicles and 18 wheelers often have their own team of investigators who will arrive on the scene immediately working on the driver’s defense case. The sooner you involve an attorney of your own, the better your chances are of receiving compensation for your injuries and damages.
No. They aren’t trying to help you. They’re trying to protect their drivers and reduce their costs. That’s why they have a team of lawyers ready to flock to the scene of any accident. Don’t accept any form of compensation until you talk to your attorney. Most victims of 18 wheeler crashes sustain more injuries than victims of normal crashes, and can receive higher compensation as a result. Don’t let them fool you into accepting a smaller payout for your injuries and damages. Your injuries could require years of medications and surgeries, and the company will try everything to avoid making huge payouts. Call your attorney and let them do the negotiating on your behalf.
The best personal injury attorney has three major characteristics: Excellent customer service, cutting edge technology, and a willingness to take cases and win at trial. Ask your potential attorney about the client experience they offer, what kind of technology they use to make your life easier, and when was the last time they took a case to jury trial. Asking these types of questions will give you guidance on what kind of experience you can expect as a client and what kind of results you can expect at the end of your case.
Thompson Law has high ratings from clients for its emphasis on customer service, and its attorneys have achieved significant results on small, large, and complex cases alike. No matter if you have been involved in a minor car wreck or are dealing with catastrophic injuries from a rarer and more devastating event like a terrible workplace accident, dog bite, or an 18 wheeler wreck, Thompson Law can assist you.
Yes! Thompson Law is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free consultations. If you have been injured in a truck wreck or car accident, hurt in a slip and fall incident, or otherwise injured from the negligence of another person or party, give us a call any time at 1-800-LION-LAW. We can speak to you over the phone, chat online through our website or social media outlets, or arrange an in-person meeting at your convenience. Our team is ready to help!
An insurance company will not pay medical expenses or other damages as they come due; rather, after they have accepted liability, the insurance company will make a one-time, lump-sum final payment only at the end of your case. Dealing with medical expenses, and obtaining the proper medical care, after an accident can be tricky. But it does not have to be! Call the personal injury attorneys at Thompson Law, who can explain how to deal with the “day-of” hospital bills, how to continue to receive the care you need, and ultimately how to recover an appropriate settlement that takes care of your bills from the incident as well as fair and just compensation for you.
Let’s be honest: this isn’t a legal show on TV and your case will not settle in the next hour – or even tomorrow. The true answer is: it depends. We find that most cases settle within 7-10 months from date of incident; but the timeframe in your case could be shorter or longer depending on: the facts and circumstances of the accident; the length of time it takes you to complete medical treatment; and the character of the insurance company, or companies, involved in your case. In the event that your case cannot settle pre-litigation and it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit, the litigation process alone can take 1 to 2 years due to the court system and legal process necessary to prepare for trial. But because so much of the timeline depends on the facts and circumstances of your unique case, call Thompson Law today to discuss the personal injury claims process.
Thompson Law receives an attorney fee and you pay no legal fees as our client unless we pay you. Thompson Law has 350 years of combined experience in legal representation and has won over $1.8 billion dollars in cash settlements for our clients. We master the art of managing client cases with empathy, compassion, respect and, of course, prodigious skill. Contact us today for a free, risk-free consultation to discuss your accident and your options.
State law limits the time you have to file a claim after an auto accident. If you have been injured in an accident, call now to get the help you need.